Gold Drops As Demand Wanes On Stronger Dollar

Gold prices dropped $9.12 on Wednesday as the dollar extended its rally. Easing geopolitical concerns dulled desire for safe haven diversification and pushed major U.S. stock indexes to fresh records. XAU/USD initially tried to break out to the upside but the anticipated resistance at around the $1332 level kicked in and capped the market. Consequently, the market fell through $1323-$1321 and tested the support at $1318 in Asia session today.

The short-term charts are still bearish, with the market trading below the Ichimoku cloud. We also have negative Tenkan-sen (nine-period moving average, red line) - Kijun-sen (twenty six-period moving average, green line) crosses on both H1 and M30 time frames. With that in mind, I expect the near-term trading range to be roughly between 1332 and 1312.

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The bulls will have to push prices above the hourly cloud in order to ease the recent selling pressure and make a move to 1334.60-1332. A breach of this barrier could push XAU/USD towards 1339/8. To the downside, keep an eye on the anticipated support in the 1318-1316.50 zone. If this support is broken, then the market will be targeting 1312. A successful break below 1312 sends prices to 1304/0.

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